Re: No Lance B
posted at 1/7/2013 11:53 AM EST
In response to jasko2248's comment:
In response to Drewski5's comment:
He was never going to come here to be a backup. LaRoche and Napoli are both better options....So, he never made sense.
Also: I disagree that we should be looking for a 1 yr plug. You guys are not going to want Michael Morse next year (we are going to be talking about a Nick Swisher - esque contract for a 32 yr old w injury issues). Sans Michael Morse, the 1b free agent market for next yr isnt even as good as it is this year. We need someone to cover for multiple years.
That may include a trade for and resigning of Morse; however, please be advised that he will not be cheap
A trade for Billy Butler
...However, I do not want a 1 yr option. We will find ourselves in this exact spot next year.
Im against moving Middlebrooks to first as well. LaRoche is better, so why hurt yourself at 3B when you can just sign LaRoche and keep Middlebrooks where he is.
The Napoli deal will get done...There is obviously significant due dilligence on each side involving multiple doctors, attorneys, etc., so a "quick" resolution was never really a possibility. If for some reason it blows up, they'll likely re-visit every trade option before they surrender the pick for LaRoche, which I don't think they would ever do.
My only problem with a trade is that all the trade options that I am hearing are for guys on 1 yr deals (Morneau, Morse). Considering the Torotnto/NY Mets , Red Sox/ Dodgers, KC/TB trades, it appears that the going rate for a proven ML player is your best prospects.
Considering Ben's style, I'm not sure that he'd be willing to do this. And I would kind of agree that sacrificing a second rd pick for LaRoche is a lesser evil than giving up 2 of your top 5 prospects for a 1 yr rental.
Especially considering that we'd have LaRoche for multiple years.
I'm okay with trading for Morse if we can extend him and I'm okay with trading for Butler (as long as Lester and Buchh are not part of the deal). However, I'd rather punt the second rd pick than overpay for Morneau. LaRoche is better anyways.
The best option, in my opinion, is to work it out w Napoli (assuming the holdup is injury speculation and not an already existing real / untreatable injury).
I just hope that we are treating Napoli's hip while we are negotiating. A) It would be a sign of good faith and b) if we are not treating him, we are missing out on some valuable off-season recovery time.